Ten people were burnt alive, several others slaughtered and seven women kidnapped when bandits invaded Kachiwe community in Sarkin Pawa ward of Munya local government area of Niger State, The Nation has learnt.
It was learnt that the entire community was wiped out as the bandits razed all the houses and barns before leaving with the women they abducted.
Disclosing this to The Nation, the Secretary of Munya local government area, James Isaac Jagaba, said the invasion took place around 2 am on Thursday.
He said that the bandits invaded the community with motorcycles and cars, informing there were car tracks when he visited the community the next day after the Council was notified of the attack.
“The bandits set all the houses ablaze, burnt 10 people alive, abducted 10 women and slaughtered the others.
“On their way after carrying out their atrocious act, they met two people on the way whose vehicle broke down and they stopped and killed those two people and burnt down their vehicle.
“In the process, three of the abducted women escaped and the bandits went with the other seven women.
“The whole community was wiped out by the bandits, nobody survived. We got to know about how they carried out the activities from the women who escaped and are still in shock.”
James further disclosed that the bandits moved to Shapè village under the Sarki Pawa ward and slaughtered nine people and killed seven people in Gogope ward.
It was learnt that the bandits were able to carry out their activities unabated due to the shutdown of mobile networks in the affected communities.
“We were told that all efforts to reach the security personnel proved abortive because, for some days, there has been the seizure of mobile network in Munya local government.
“The people could not reach out to the security neither could they reach out to the council. At the Council, we got the message very late and efforts to get the security were not possible,” James said.
Niger Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas confirmed the attack, saying that investigation has commenced into it.